Australia’s digital economy is experiencing a boom, with 40,000 ICT jobs created in just two years and ICT services exports up 12% to $2.8b. These insights were released in Australia’s Digital Pulse report that was officially launched by Deloitte Access Economics and the Australian Computer Society (ACS) at CeBIT Australia 2017. With an emphasis on growth, the report highlights that the adoption of digital technologies has lifted Australia’s GDP by 6.6% over the previous decade, meaning that each Australian is $4,663 a year better off (in 2016 dollars).
Australia’s Digital Pulse outlines some of the key policy priorities that will need to be addressed to fuel Australia’s digital workforce boom. The findings were introduced to the audience by a panel of industry thought leaders from Deloitte Access Economics, Japan LinkedIn, ACS and the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network.
The report further highlights 81,000 new ICT jobs are needed by 2022 to fuel technology-led growth into the future.
The digital policy ‘to-do’ list for governments includes:
Build digital communities to facilitate collaboration and innovation
Continued support for digital skills development in education
Build local talent and support skill needs with appropriate skilled migration